Vandandorj SumiyaSustainable Fibre Alliance | Mongolia Country Coordinator
As the Country Coordinator in Mongolia for the Sustainable Fibre Alliance (SFA), Vandandorj Sumiya works closely supporting herding communities and cooperative leaders in the cashmere sector. He is an ecologist and obtained both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the National University of Mongolia and started his research career with the Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment in Mongolia. Continuing his studies at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia, Vandandorj received his second master's degree on the effect of grazing and climate change on ecosystem services in Australian drylands. Returning to Mongolia, he joined the Wildlife Science and Conservation Centre of Mongolia, where he coordinated a wetland research and conservation project in Khurkh and Khuiten River Valleys Nature Reserve in north-eastern Mongolia for about 5 years, before joining the SFA as the manager for Monitoring, Evaluations and Learning (MEL).